Open house for new home of the arts

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 04:31 PM

High Point Area Arts Council  leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for their new home, Centennial Station.
The 21,600-square-foot building at 121 S. Centennial St. that most recently was a showroom and entertainment venue is the first home the Arts Council has owned in its 50-year history, and leaders gave tours following the ribbon-cutting. The Arts Council moved in soon after closing on the sale at the first of November.

Two Arts Council affiliate groups, both of which have been renting space, now will be based at Centennial Station on a rent-free basis. High Point Ballet will move in at the end of the month, and High Point Community Theatre will occupy its portion of the building at the end of March, when its lease at Oak Hollow Mall expires. Minor upfitting will be necessary for both groups.

Other Arts Council affiliate groups do not require office space.

The Arts Council purchased Centennial Station for $860,000, and board Chairman Jim Morgan is leading a drive to raise $1.5 million to pay off loans of $981,000 and to establish a building maintenance fund. Morgan said Wednesday that community contributions satisfied a $250,000 loan, meaning nothing else is owed on that loan. The remaining secured portion of the loan is $731,000.